Saturday, June 20, 2009

Have you ever seen a white skunk?

Soon after we arrived at Hillman Ferry we heard the tale of the white skunk. We've had a few sightings and fortunately for me I was able to grab some photos early one morning.

Isn't he cute? I'm told our park skunks are so accustomed to humans that they are quite complacent -- and believe me this slowly meandering fellow was quite laid back and oblivious to me following him for a photo shoot -- nevertheless I did keep my distance!

And to go along with our white skunk, how about a blue bellied lizard? That's what I'm calling him, I'm sure he has a proper and official name but I don't know about that. I don't have much knowledge about reptiles. But he is fascinating, isn't he? Look at how intricate those multi-jointed toes are. Woo - what I couldn't do that that kind of dexterity!

Things are rolling along quite well here at the campground. The last two weekends have been exciting with special visitors -- my best friend Tammy, her husband Brian and son Tyler came one weekend, then my son Kyle and fiancee Ashley were here last week. I even talked them into some photos -- don't they make an adorable couple? Wedding plans are progressing for next spring. I'm so excited!

And speaking of weddings, a big CONGRATS goes out to my Aunt Mary Ann and Uncle Bob of Kirksville, Missouri who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend. What a milestone!

Have a blessed weekend wherever you are!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Exploring the LBL

Shame on me, it's been so long since I've posted! Summer is in full swing at the campground. Our park is huge - 800 acres (including undeveloped) and 379 campsites. We were completely full for Memorial Day weekend and nearly so this past weekend. It makes for some hectic moments but it's way more fun when you're busy!

Anyway . . . on a recent "un-busy" day off, my husband and I took a trip to explore more of LBL. Here are a few fun things we saw on that day.

Our first stop was the Elk & Bison Prairie.

We got to see the elk again! They are fascinating creatures, gorgeous and majectic. They are in the process of shedding old winter coats so look just a little less polished than they normally would. I asked my husband, "Doesn't it just make you wish you could brush them out so they're sleek and shiny?" He looked at me like I was goofy and said "No." Oh come on now, surely I'm not the only one! How about the velvet on those antlers? Don't you have any overwhelming urge to touch that? Anyone? Someone besides my sister Linda, that is. I already know her answer. Tee, hee.

And just who was looking at who that day anyway?! Isn't he beautiful?

And look at this pretty creek bed - also on the prairie.

And since you can't get out of the car while you're there (safety precautions you know), I took this photo out the car window. Oh yes, I love my new camera!

On the way to Wranglers' Campground we got to see this!!! Oh my goodness, by now I am so excited I'm feeling faint!

But that's not all. We got to see buffalo on the Buffalo Grasslands. Hey, put that tail down please, I'm taking a picture here!

Here are some lovely scenes from the Homeplace.

The Homeplace is a functional working farm, operating just as it would have in the 1800s. It was fascinating.

These pictures don't do it justice in the least. I can't say enough about the beauty that surrounds us here. Ahhh.